27 Jul '11, 10pm

24 Million Euros for a new captivity facility? What does that leave for dolphin conservation?

24 Million Euros for a new captivity facility? What does that leave for dolphin conservation?

In response to the 30th July opening of the new dolphin facility “the dolphin lagoon” at the Nuremberg Zoo in Germany, WDCS criticizes the keeping of marine mammals in captivity but also the application of funds. According to the media the new construction cost 24 Million Euros. “This investment has to be refinanced through entrance fees now. If the new facility doesn’t prove to be popular, taxpayers will have to bear the economic brunt as the city of Nuremberg has bailed for the investment”, points out Dr. Karsten Brensing, ethologist with the international Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. According to WDCS, the total contribution during 2011 by ten signatory countries* to ASCOBANS, the agreement for the conservation of small cetaceans in the Baltic and North Sea, was only 163,603 euros.

Full article: http://www.wdcs.org/news.php?select=1010

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